Ousted Community Showrunner Heads Off To Play More 'F***ing Great' Prototype 2

Yesterday night, the world of TV comedy got a bit of a drama injection when news broke that Community showrunner Dan Harmon had been fired by Sony pictures Television.P

Harmon had had a prickly relationship with his network overlords since the first season of the show, and will being replaced with David Guarascio and Moses Port, writers of the ABC series Happy Endings.

This morning, Harmon weighed in on the situation on his own blog with a funny, understandably upset rant indicating that not only was all of this news to him, but that none of the people involved in making the decision to remove him from the show he'd created had ever even talked to him about it.

"Why'd Sony want me gone?" he writes, "I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business."

Harmon explains that though technically he still retains some sort of "executive consulting something or other" title, he wouldn't have any creative control over the show, and naturally, doesn't feel super awesome about that.

If I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn't have any power there. Nobody would have to do anything I said, ever. I would be "offering" thoughts on other people's scripts, not allowed to rewrite them, not allowed to ask anyone else to rewrite them, not allowed to say whether a single joke was funny or go near the edit bay, etc. It's….not really the way the previous episodes got done. I was what you might call a….hands on producer. Are my….periods giving this enough... pointedness? I'm not saying you can't make a good version of Community without me, but I am definitely saying that you can't make my version of it unless I have the option of saying "it has to be like this or I quit" roughly eight times a day.

Hilariously, Harmon then points out that that same contract would have allowed him to keep getting paid while doing anything he wants… including playing the ultra-violent catharsis simulator Prototype 2. Which he's been doing throughout this process.

The same contract also gives me the same salary and title if I spend all day masturbating and playing Prototype 2. And before you ask yourself what you would do in my situation: buy Prototype 2. It's fucking great.

Because Prototype 2 is great, and because nobody called me, and then started hiring people to run the show, I had my assistant start packing up my office days ago. I'm sorry.

Hey, there are certainly worse ways to deal with the fact that the show you created has been taken from you than playing super destructive, empowering video games. And as thursday's videogame-tastic episode demonstrated, Harmon certainly has more than a passing familiarity with the medium.

"Do not believe anyone that tells you on Monday that I quit or diminished my role so I could spend more time with my loved ones, or that I negotiated and we couldn't come to an agreement, etc," Harmon writes. "It couldn't be less true because, just to make this clear, literally nobody called me."

And if they had called him, he would probably would have answered. After all, he was totally just hanging out playing video games.

Dan Harmon Is No Longer Showrunner on Community [Vulture]

Hey, I Miss Anything? [Dan Harmon's Tumblr]


Comments

    He sounds like a complete dickhead. No wonder they fired him.

      Eh may have been a dickhead but he made a kickass show why risk changing the dynamics if its working.

        Because more often than not people who push pens behind desks don't really know what goes on at ground level.

        Nah, he is a dickhead. He got everyone at a party to sing "Fuck you Chevy Chase" in front of his family and friends.

        Community may be great and there have been some awesome episodes recently, but everyone agrees it hit it's high note in series 2. I'm worried it's going to go more downhill, but I'm not sure how much of an input Dan Harmon had on the show recently, and whether the quality drop was due to him having less input or because Dan had run out of ideas/jokes.

          Did some googling. Apparently over half the writers left during season 3, so that explains why it had so many dud episodes. Whoever wrote the Christmas special, the dark timeline episode and the 16-bit episode needs to be promoted to head writer immediately.

            Can't agree more with that statement Lachlan. Those episodes were frigging amazing!

            I am hoping this means that the Russo brothers have more of a say in the direction of the show, their involvement in Community and Arrested Development means more than whatever creative genius Dan Harmon may have.

              Umm he wrote all of them and just so you know, nearly all the writers have dropped out, including the Russo Brothers. There is almost noone left. You've got Megan Ganz but who the hell knows if they'll take any of her ideas

              Dan Harmon may be a bit of a douche, but the guy was the vision behind Community, he worked the hardest and longest on it, often putting up his own money to support the show. Its his baby and without him at the head of it none of the episodes you loved would have ever come to fruition .

                Well he doesn't write them all, you mention Megan Ganz and she wrote all of the excellent Basic Lupine Urology (the Law & Order one). I mean obviously we can't know the exact breakdown of the work split between Dan and the other writers. Because if he wrote them all then he wouldn't need the other writers.

                And his treatment over the whole Chevy Chase issue and the obvious diminishing role Pierce plays in every episode for at least a year shows that regardless of his involvement, it has been to the benefit of the show.

                  You know Chevy Chase is almost universally hated in Hollywood right?
                  What Dan did wasn't nice of course but it wasn't as if Chevy hasn't been making waves and causing issues from the start. Dan Harmon might not have been the easiest person to work for - but in Hollywood and Television that's how things are actually done and finished on time. Being nice and a doormat just gets you walked on over there. Besides all the Crew are on Dan's side so what does that tell you Mr and Mrs' Critics

      His actions show him to be an extremely creative and intelligent individual who doesnt play by the rules of conformity. He has integrity for not shutting up and taking the money, instead he told the fans of his program the truth. And the truth is something everyone needs to hear but never usually get from the entertainment industry who use up talent, throw it away and replace it with a more "conservative" viewpoint. Sure he's an immature 39 yr old but i say why not? He delivered the goods when others burnout because they dont take risks and are not honest enough. Ty to see that side too ok?

      I'm not sure of your notion that a creative person must be likeable for us to appreciate their work... I think Mel Gibson is a goddamn psycho, but still thinks he directs fantastic movies. The people who create art and entertainment often have to fight studios every step of the way into getting their babies greenlit, so I'm not surprised that many are abrasive and have humongous egos.

      Quentin Tarantino, Alan Ball and Werner Herzog are notorious for being prickly but as long as they keep telling great stories, why should I care? The suits are there to reign them in, just as its the role of creatives to push them. I doubt NBC fired Harmon simply because he was a prick, because they're meant to have thicker skins than that.

    Sounds like Sony really Britta'd this up, so much for six seasons and a movie.

    Strange decisions but if the "they didn't call me " line is true then I'm willing to believe Sony fucked up

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